Sandra Bullock explains movie significance

December 12th, 2011

Sandra Bullock's new 9/11 movie has special significance for her because she witnessed the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centre firsthand.

The 47-year-old actress stars in the movie-adaptation of the novel 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' -which tells the story of a young boy whose father died in the atrocity in 2001 - and Sandra revealed she was near the twin towers when they fell.

She explained: "I was here on that day with my sister and brother-in-law. We were at a place and I got it because it had the view of the twin towers for my brother-in-law's birthday, which is September 11, so, we saw the second plane hit, we saw the people, we saw it all. It was just one of those days that you saw New Yorkers being the amazing human beings that they are and everyone helping and bonding together."

Although Sandra didn't lose anyone directly in the tragedy, she was still affected by the terror attacks.

She told 'Access Hollywood': "It's so hard to talk about. I didn't lose someone directly, but I was there to experience other people's loss. It's not just an accident [or] something that happens, it was an intended action and that's hard to understand."

The film tells the tale of an intelligent nine year old who begins searching for a lock to match a key given to him by his father prior to his death in the attacks.

Sandra and Tom Hanks play the young boy's parents in the movie.